Nov.14 (GMM) F1’s sporting boss thinks it is possible Lewis Hamilton will seek a “new challenge” for 2021.
Hamilton, the new six-time world champion, says he wants to stay in Formula 1 beyond the end of his 2020 Mercedes contract.
But both he and his team boss Toto Wolff have admitted that the negotiations should be interesting.
“In this next year there will be a lot going on with drivers switching, drivers talking to various teams,” Hamilton said this week.
The 34-year-old is now tantalisingly close to matching Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of seven world championships.
Hamilton admits he is still motivated by titles.
“Of course I’m looking for more titles,” he said. “Next year will be closer than ever, and that turns me on.
“I think in life you can dream and have aspirations for the future, but it’s also important to live in the moment.”
Ross Brawn, F1’s sporting boss, suggested to the Daily Mail newspaper that rumours of a potential Ferrari switch for Hamilton might have some substance.
“Lewis may decide he wants a new challenge – he might go to another team and help that team succeed. How many titles is enough?” he said.
F1 Changes Starting in 2021 - After many months of discussions and deliberations, Formula 1’s ten teams have now agreed to the terms of the “Concorde Agreement” that binds them to the world championship for another five years.
This agreement is a contract between Formula 1, the FIA governing body and the teams which wish to compete in the F1 World Championship from 2021 to 2025 and defines how F1’s television revenues and prize money will be distributed.
Formula 1 bosses have been keen to build a strong foundation on which to secure the long-term future for the championship. As such a revolutionary new budget cap will be introduced next year, along with new technical regulations and a new set of sporting rules coming in 2022.
The Covid-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for everyone in 2020, and has served as another reminder that something needed to change. Once the championship restarted, so too could the commercial agreement talks.
By changing the way the prize money is distributed, it was inevitable that some teams would be happy – as they would receive a greater share – and others less so, as they would have a smaller slice.
But ultimately, as they have increasingly done in recent months, all the stakeholders found a way to come together and compromise on the document, which they agreed to in time for the early deadline of August 18th – which brought a small financial incentive.
With the 10 teams signed up for the next five years, and the regulations and cost cap defined, Formula 1 can finally embark on a new era. The new agreement also squashes any speculation that teams like Mercedes or Haas might not be around for the long term.
The hope now is that all F1 teams can develop themselves into robust operations financially while also closing the pack in terms of competitiveness that can in turn improve the racing spectacle.
Roll on 2021!